Still from George Kushar’s underground film Pagan Rhapsody. Kushar who died last September, made over 200 low budget films, many with his twin brother Mike. Now on view at the MoMA PS1 in New York, George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies, includes many of the artist’s most important works, including films, videos, and works on paper. On view until January 15.
John Chamberlain 1927–2011
Sculptor John Chamberlain, who’s crushed and mangled steel sculptures are instantly recognizable, has died in New York City.
Jennifer Mulhare shooting guns in Florida.
David Jude Greene as Autre
Chicago based visual and performance artist David Jude Greene and a copy of Autre.
Happy Holidays from PAS UN AUTRE!
We’ll be back on the air first thing Monday morning! Numquam periit amor.
Painting at the Eve Erotica Auction Part II
Painting at the Erotica auction part II held by EVE (Estimations & Ventes aux Enchères) in Paris, today.
Power|Play: China’s Empress Dowager
Rare photos of the corrupt Empress Dowager Cixi of China’s Qing dynasty (1644–1911) on view at the Smithsonian until January 29.
The World According to KEEFJNAK
“Playa Los Yuyos, Lima: una prueba perfecta cont. Ectoplasm enters in the messianic guise of the perfect proof, the ultimate ghost-effect, visual and haptic, a new monstrance at the very edges of the sensorium and its modern prostheses―it exceeds photography (it cannot be properly photographed) it exceeds touch (it can be touched but only with grave danger) — it can barely be seen — emergent like a spider’s web cocooning the medium in a sticky veil, a prophylactic balm to salve the wounds of materialism, Casaubon’s key to all mythologies.”
You could say that, unbeknownst to us, some sort of kismetic spirt is colluding with our lives, telling us when to go when we don’t exactly know the direction or telling us what to say when the words aren’t quite there. You could also say that a certain sense of wanderlust is innate and inexorable–the eternal wondering about magical, faraway places that seem entirely painted by daydreams and travel writers before us. And when you combine these two forces, one more corporeal and the other a tad more phantasmagorical–two forces conceivably as tightly wound as the double helix of our genetic code–it is a catalyst for something else altogether. Tarrah Krajnak, a documentary photographer who was born in Peru in 1979 in an orphanage run by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and grew up in Ohio, and Alexander Keefe, an ex-professor who studied Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard Universities, and a freelance writer for publications such as Artforum and Bidoun magazine, crossed paths in Burlington, Vermont and the rest, as they say, was history. Their online travel diary, called Keefjnak–an amalgam of their surnames–is a collaborative effort to document the world around them on their journey in the great tradition of travel documentation. A great travel writer such as Ernest Hemingway and any scholar of his would admit that his fantastical stories of seafaring adventures and bullfighting would not hold the same weight without his extensive real life adventures. On Keefjnak, Tarrah Krajnak’s somber, yet liberating photographs of a dream-like South America are supplanted with Alexander Keefe’s brilliant, poetic text and historical minutia to paint a portrait of the same kind seething wanderlust that all great adventurers share in order to remind us that life is happening to us whether we like it or not. Read an interview after the jump. [SEE MORE...]
Lot 243 at the Erotica Auction
Lot 243 – Photograph available at the Erotica auction held by EVE (Estimations & Ventes aux Enchères) today Sunday, December 18 and tomorrow Monday December 19. Drouot Richelieu – Salle 11 – 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Illustration at the Erotica Auction
An anonymous French illustration from 1900 available for sale at the enormous Erotica auction held by EVE (Estimations & Ventes aux Enchères) today Sunday, December 18 and tomorrow Monday December 19. A bulk of the collection comes from a Swiss collector who has spent 35 years gathering his holdings. Drouot Richelieu – Salle 11 – 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris